County prepares to take over Dangberg artifacts
Douglas County will prepare to receive more than 100 items from the Dangberg Home Ranch, though some county commissioners are hoping the property won’t need to be moved.
The county commission on Thursday directed County Manager Dan Holler to research the cost of documenting and storing the artifacts, which are coming from the ranch house that served as headquarters to Minden’s founding family.
The house and surrounding home ranch are the subject of a lawsuit involving Dangberg Holdings Nevada, which bought the home ranch as part of a larger ranch in 1995, the state parks division and lawyers for the late Katrina Glide, whose family originally owned the ranch.
Glide reportedly intended the home ranch to be donated to the county or state for use as a living history museum when she died. A clause detailing the gift was drafted in 1978, but the ranch changed hands several times before she died in 1995.
Attorneys for Dangberg Holdings say they’re not bound by the clause. Douglas County initially sued but agreed to settle for $50,000 and 145 ranch items that could be displayed in an existing museum.
Attorneys for the state parks division and the Glide estate then intervened. The state attorneys say the ranch should have been offered to the state for development as a museum if the county didn’t want it. Glide’s attorneys agree but are also contesting ownership of personal property at the ranch, some of which they say belonged to Glide.
Though an earlier court order froze the county-Dangberg settlement, Washoe District Judge Jim Hardesty, who is hearing the case, recently indicated he may allow the county to take possession of 137 items. Eight of the 145 artifacts originally listed in the settlement are missing.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Morris told the commissioners the recovered property won’t come with the $50,000, as originally agreed, but the judge wants an answer on whether the county will take the items.
Commissioner Don Miner said the items should be videotaped in their current locations so that if the state wins and turns the home ranch into a museum, the artifacts can be repositioned.
Commissioner Steve Weissinger said he hopes the state will win its bid for the ranch, but noted the county might not get another chance at the property.
“We’re already missing eight items. There’s the possibility more could be missing,” he said. “The sooner the county can remove those items, I think it would be appropriate.”
Officials expect to take possession of the property by the end of September. Attorneys for the state, Dangberg and Glide have all filed requests for judgments in their favor, and Hardesty indicated he may rule soon.